Reflect on Frank Boudreau’s New Book for Devotional Style Leadership Advice

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Anyone can call themselves a good leader, but do we truly know what it takes to be a great one in spite of the challenges presented by our work environment, other people’s high expectations, and our own self-doubt? In Frank Boudreau’s new book published by Elm Hill, he gives readers one-per-day snippets of wisdom regarding the qualities of an effective servant leader.

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“If you want maximum results from your leadership…put forth maximum effort as a leader. That doesn’t mean you do all of your team’s work yourself, but it does mean that you will have to do all the things a great leader has to do…. If you want to be your best, you have to give your best.”

Frank Boudreau’s latest work, Everyday Leader: Priceless Leadership Principles That Connect to Everyday Life for the Everyday Leader, shares different pieces of advice for leaders in all fields and levels of experience. From company managers and politicians to educators and parents, being a leader is an aspiration that comes with opportunities to learn and improve oneself alongside the people being led. The author tells us that being an effective leader requires the ability to properly connect with people, to have empathy towards others as everyone is different and has varying needs, the courage to take that first step, and the willingness to set an example for the followers.

“It takes effort, work, and sacrifice to grow as a leader. If you want maximum results from your leadership, you have to put forth maximum effort as a leader,” Frank Boudreau emphasizes that, like all endeavors, leading others is not something that comes easily or immediately. “That doesn’t mean you do all of your team’s work yourself, but it does mean that you will have to do all the things a great leader has to do. Ultimately you will get what you pay for. You will reap what you sow. If you want to be your best, you have to give your best.”

The author also advises that a way to improve one’s leadership skills is through learning how to serve others, particularly those a person leads. As followers, they will look up to their leader for guidance in different situations and value the leader’s opinion depending on how much they trust and respect their leader. If one commits to being a servant-leader, it will inspire their followers to serve others as well. When that happens, a leader and their team will be capable of even greater feats, and this will bring their group even closer together.

Leaders, no matter how experienced, also need a good counsel—someone who will bless them with words that they need to hear so they can make the right decision in a given situation. “I’ve heard some say, ‘I seek counsel in the Lord and that’s all the counsel I need,’ but I think it is important to know that the Lord often provides that counsel through people He places in our lives,” the author tells us that, although the Lord can guide us through miracles, He typically guides us through the people He brings into our lives. “Walking through this life alone with no counsel is a dangerous and lonely thing…. And if you are a believer in the Lord, ask Him to help you recognize the ones He has placed in your life for directing you where you need to go.”

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